Found in OXM

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The March 2008 issue of OXM made its way onto my desk today and thought I’d share some interesting mentions of our games….

In their “2008 Preview” feature, Fallout 3 is among 50 titles they think should be on your radar. Also, on page 21, if you look waaay down at the bottom, you’ll see that they wouldn’t be surprised if Fallout 3 gets pushed to next year. To that, I’ll reference what Pete said here.

The issue also looks back at 2007 with their “Game of the Year Awards,” and we were happy to see Shivering Isles came away with the award for Downloadable Content of the Year, making it the second year in a row we’ve won that award. I’m also happy to learn that Avatar and TMNT are great titles to boost my Xbox Gamerscore. Time to check those ones out. Like some other folks at the office, I’m a sucker for achievement points.

To check out the rest of the previewed games for 2008 and see who the big winners and losers were in 2007, check out the March issue on a newstand near you.

Top Xbox Live Downloads of 2007

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2007 marked the release of the official expansion pack, Shivering Isles, Fighter’s Stronghold, and the worldwide release of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year. Since Xbox Live was announced, we’ve released downloadable content in ways no other Xbox 360 games have.

Fun Fact: 2% of Oblivion players have successfully earned all the achievements, including Shivering Isles**.

Top Oblivion Xbox Live downloads for 2007*
1. Shivering Isles
2. Fighter’s Stronghold (free promotion)
3. Knights of the Nine
4. Spell Tomes
5. The Wizard’s Tower
6. Vile Lair
7. Thieves Den
8. The Orrery
9. Mehrunes Razor
10. Horse Armor Pack

*ranked by number of times downloaded

**per unique user playing Oblivion while logged onto Xbox Live, worldwide

Oblivion is #7 Xbox Live game of 2007

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Major Nelson reported Oblivion is #7 on the list of top Xbox Live games of 2007. For 2006, Oblivion was #5 on the list. Amazingly, we are the sole single player game in the list. Thanks to all our fans out there who continue to give Oblivion life.

2007 Top Xbox 360 Titles (UU’s)
1 Halo 3
2 Gears of War
3 Call of Duty 4
4 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
5 Call Of Duty 3
6 Crackdown
7 Oblivion
8 Guitar Hero II
9 Forza Motorsport 2
10 Lost Planet

Thanks to Major Nelson.

Oblivion Real Estate Interviews Erik and Megan

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The folks at Oblivion Real Estate put out their most recent newsletter highlighting some things from around the community including the winners of The MORE Homes Challenge, their official holiday mod, and the always-entertaining PrincessStomper interviewing designer Erik J. Caponi and artist Megan Sawyer.

The interview covers a number of things related to what Erik and Megan do for a living, as well as their interests and whatnot and is quite lengthy and entertaining read, particularly the part about Erik being strikingly handsome. I could get maybe “looks like he could be the lead singer in a band at any given moment,” but strikingly handsome? If you were at a party with him and told someone he was in Queens of the Stone Age, they’d totally believe you.

Head on over to check out the interview and the full newsletter.

Shivering Isles, Fallout 3 continue to appear on lists…

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Well, we made it into 2008, but coverage looking back at 2007 and looking ahead to this year continues to surface.

Looking back at 2007, Robert “Apache” Howarth has put up Voodoo Exteme’s “Game of the Year Awards.” In the “Best Expansion Pack” category, we’re happy to see Shivering Isles came away as the year’s best.

Over at Joystiq, Justin McElroy has put up a post of his favorites games of the last year, and declares that Shivering Isles was his favorite RPG of the year. He writes:

“I’m going to need you to deal with something: TES IV:O:THS [sic] was, hands down, the best RPG released last year. “What? What did he say?” I’ll repeat it. Thanks to its beautiful graphics, engrossing story and overall radness, The Shivering Isles was the best RPG of 2007. I feel much better now with that off of my chest.”

Moving on to Fallout 3, a few more folks are chiming in that they have high expectations for the game. Charles Husemann at Gaming Nexus put together 20 questions for 2008 that concludes with the question: “How awesome will Fallout 3 be?” You can read his thoughts on that question here.

On non-gaming specific sites, Christopher Fong of the San Francisco Chronicle and John Gaudiosi of WRAL (Raleigh-Durham) both declare Fallout 3 to be one of their most anticipated games of the year. To our north, the Canadian Press has also included Fallout 3 on their list.

Finally, Fallout 3 has received mentions of being at the top of folks’ lists for 2008 on a few blogs. A couple of days ago on Gamers with Jobs, Sean Sands declared that Fallout 3 is his “Game of the Coming Year.” In similar fashion, Mark Wilson of Kotaku sees Fallout 3 as being the game he’s most looking forward to this year.

On that subject, what games are you most looking forward to this year?

Vote for “Best Game Add-On” on Xbox.com

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Today it’s been brought to my attention that within the community forums of Xbox.com, they’re running a vote for the “Best Game Add-On” of 2007. Among the choices are downloads for Boom Boom Rocket, Crackdown, Gears of War, Guitar Hero 3, Halo 3, Rock Band and last but not least, The Shivering Isles, the expansion for Oblivion.

If you’re a fan of Shivering Isles and like participating in these year end polls, head here and cast your vote. If you decide to vote for the Black Sabbath Track Pack for Rock Band, we won’t hold it against you.

Around the Web: Looking back, looking forward

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Here’s a few interesting items I noticed while catching up on things after being away the past few days.

Game Informer has listed their top ten games they’re looking forward to in 2008 for the 360. Fallout 3 cracked the list at #3. Here’s a short sample of what they had to say:

“When word got out that Bethesda was working on Fallout 3, critics assumed the worst and the “Oblivion with guns” cry was born. Having sat through a demo of the game, we can’t say who’s right here, if making such a determination is even possible. All we know is that seeing your character step out of the nuke-proof vault for the first time in his life is a breathtaking gaming moment. We’re eager to explore this terrible world all over again, through a new set of eyes.”

On the Elder Scrolls front, both Oblivion and Shivering Isles have picked up some year end accolades and nominations. At IGN, the PS3 release came away with the Best RPG award. Sticking with PS3, it was also a runner-up in the Game of the Year, Best Graphics Technology, Best Original Score categories. In their PC category, Shivering Isles was a runner-up in the Best Expansion category. On 360, Shivering Isles was a runner-up in the Best RPG and Best DLC categories.

Over at Gamespot, Oblivion and Shivering Isles also received some recognition. On PS3, Oblvion is one of five finalists for PS3 Game of the Year. As for Shivering Isles, it was recognized in two categories, Best Expansion and Best DLC, on Xbox 360.